A Chimichanga is a Mexican-American blending of a large burrito prepared with a choice of meat, vegetables, and spices, deep-fried to golden perfection


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What is a Chimichanga? 

A chimichanga is basically a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and other Southwestern U.S. cuisines. It is a flour tortilla with a filling, which can be beef, chicken, or vegetables, to which beans and cheese are added and fried until they acquire that golden color and crunchy texture. A chimichanga is then typically topped with guacamole, sour cream & salsa. 

Why You'll Love This Recipe

This fried or baked burrito can have any number of fillings and toppings. 
  • Versatile: Basically any type of filling can be used for this recipe like any shredded meats, veggies, rice, beans, and more!  An example of a chimichanga is Pollo Fundido, a shredded chicken chimichanga fried or baked, topped with a chile cream cheese sauce and cheese.
  • Budget-friendly: Leftovers are perfect for making chimichangas. I use leftover taco meat, rice, or beans for making my next lunch meal or dinner. Leftover eggs and potatoes are perfect for making a breakfast chimichanga.
  • Baked or Fried:  Chimichangas can be baked or fried. Frying a chimichanga basically takes very little cooking oil to brown your burritos. Baking saves time when making several chimichangas.
  • Tortilla Choices: Flour tortillas are traditionally used for this recipe, but any type of burrito-sized tortillas like low-carb, gluten-free, or whole wheat can be used.

In the mood for a marvelous Mexican dish?

Do you love going to Chipotle and picking out what YOU want in your burrito? This Chimichanga recipe is perfect for you.

Here are your choices (Ingredients)!!
  • Meat: Cooked ground beef, shredded meat of any type, leftover taco meat, rotisserie chicken, leftover steak cut into bite-size pieces, etc.
  • Vegetables: Sliced or diced cooked potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes can be used as a filling 
  • Cheese: Cheddar, Quesadilla, Monterey Jack, or Longhorn cheese
  • Rice: Mexican red rice, cilantro lime rice, steamed white rice.
  • Beans: Cooked pinto beans, refried beans, black beans
  • Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper
  • Tortillas: Burrito-size tortillas, like flour tortillas, low-carb, gluten-free, or wheat. The recommended size is 10 inches for chimichangas.

How to Make a Chimichanga
  • Start with a warm tortilla
  • Add your choice of ingredients to the tortilla
  • Fold the tortilla on each side and roll the burrito, then fry or bake

Toppings for Chimichanga

Sour Cream
Shredded Lettuce & Diced Tomatoes

Delicious Fillings for Chimichangas 
  • Chicken Cream cheese filling: Add shredded chicken to sauteed onion/garlic, then add 4 oz cream cheese & 1/2 cup chicken broth, and 1 can (4 oz ) diced green chiles

  • Ground beef:  Add ground beef to sauteed onion/garlic mixture in a skillet until browned, then add 1 packet of taco seasoning, 1 can (4oz) diced green chiles, and 2 cans (8 oz. ) tomato sauce. Allow to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.

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